Writerly Life

Writer’s Block is an Opportunity

If you have ever talked to writers or read anything about writers or attempted writing yourself, I am sure you have heard of, if not experienced, writer's block. I think it's another one of those things that separates the amateurs from the professionals. Where amateurs fear writer's block and often use it as an excuse… Continue reading Writer’s Block is an Opportunity

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What I Wish I’d Known Then…

I found FundsForWriters over three years ago when I became disabled and started considering writing as a new career option. Since then I have followed C. Hope Clark through her websites (see the links below), blog, and Facebook. I have learned much from her and am always encouraged. Today I am excited that Hope Clark offered to… Continue reading What I Wish I’d Known Then…

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DIY Writer’s Retreat Debriefing

"That Perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library."  ~~Aprha Behn I have now been home for two weeks from my DIY Writer's Retreat, and as this is the eve of NaNoWriMo, it's the perfect time to reflect on what I set out to… Continue reading DIY Writer’s Retreat Debriefing

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Do-It-Myself Writer’s Retreat

I have been dreaming of going to a writers' retreat for years. While reading a magazine aimed at those of us pursing a writing career, I came across the idea of a DIY Writers' Retreat. The article (which I have since lost and forgotten all the citation information) gave suggestions for holding your own writers'… Continue reading Do-It-Myself Writer’s Retreat

Stuff of Mystery

Capital Punishment: A New and Improved Decision?

One of the best parts of being a mystery writer is attending Mystery Writers of America meetings. Granted, I’m not a full-fledged member yet, but I’m working towards it and thrilled that they allow unpublished authors to attend. Each meeting of the Southwest chapter has a guest speaker presenting an aspect of mystery writing, the… Continue reading Capital Punishment: A New and Improved Decision?

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What are distractions, really?

"Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet." — Anonymous The Internet is only one of my many distractions. A little over three years ago I naïvely thought that after having been an insatiable reader since early childhood and investing years in studying and teaching literature, I would be… Continue reading What are distractions, really?

My Life, Writerly Life

Road Trip & Book Signing

I am still on cloud nine. Actually, a friend accused me of levitating in one of the pictures I posted on Facebook. I had the opportunity to meet my favorite living author this week. Part of the reason this is such a big deal is because I have been hooked on Victorian literature since middle… Continue reading Road Trip & Book Signing